PUCL Bulletin, May 2003

'Journalism for Human Rights' award & JP Memorial Lecture
General Secretary's introduction
-- By Y.P. Chhibbar

The PUCL 'Journalism for Human Rights' Award and JP Memorial function was held at Pune on March 23, 2003. Justice P.B. Sawant delivered the 23rd J P Memorial Lecture on Human Rights in Retreat. Dr. S.P. Sathe presided over the function and presented the 22nd PUCL 'Journalism for Human Rights' Award to Dionne Bunsha and the Special Mention to P.K. Prakash (who could not be present due to ill health) and his award was received by Abdul Rasheed, his colleague.

The time of the function clashed with the World Cup cricket final in South Africa in which India was playing. While every one was glued to the TV and the streets and roads all over the country were deserted. About 100 people attended the function. Shri K.G. Kannabiran introduced Shri S.P. Sathe and Justice Sawant. (Introduction of Shri Sathe and Justice Sawant and the Award Citation and the Special Mention Citation of the two winners are published elsewhere).

At the end of the function the General Secretary thanked Justice Sawant and Shri S.P. Sathe for devoting the invaluable time to the function. He thanked all the donors (see list elsewhere), including Mumbai PUCL and especially S.A.A. Pinto, M.A. Rane, and Yogesh Kamdar for raising funds for this function. He also thanked his colleague in the national office at Delhi. He expressed gratitude to the Pune PUCL, especially Taher Poonawala and R.P. Nene for organising the function.


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